A beautiful small southern beach town.


Welcome to Holden Beach


A Charming and Serene Coastal Town

Holden Beach, located in the beautiful state of North Carolina, is a charming and serene coastal town that offers a perfect blend of relaxation, natural beauty, and coastal charm. As one of the barrier islands along the southern coastline, Holden Beach boasts stunning vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, pristine white sandy beaches, and a laid-back atmosphere that makes it a popular destination for both locals and tourists seeking a tranquil getaway.

The town's hallmark is its emphasis on preserving its natural surroundings and maintaining a sense of community. With strict building regulations in place, high-rise buildings and commercial clutter are noticeably absent, allowing for unobstructed views of the ocean and promoting a more intimate coastal experience. Holden Beach has managed to maintain its small-town charm, making it a welcoming escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.

Visitors to Holden Beach can look forward to spending their days lounging on the pristine beaches, soaking in the sun, and enjoying various water activities such as swimming, surfing, kayaking, and fishing. The warm ocean waters are perfect for swimming, and the gentle waves are often suitable for families with young children. The beach also offers fantastic opportunities for beachcombing, shell collecting, and leisurely walks along the shoreline.

The island's natural beauty extends beyond the coastline. Marshes, creeks, and inlets dot the landscape, offering an excellent setting for birdwatching, kayaking through calm waters, and experiencing the coastal ecosystem up close. The town's dedication to conservation is evident through efforts to protect its fragile dunes and promote sea turtle nesting.

Holden Beach exudes a sense of tranquility that's echoed in its local culture and attractions. The town center is home to a selection of charming shops, restaurants, and cafes, where visitors can savor fresh seafood, regional cuisine, and locally sourced ingredients. The friendly locals and unhurried pace of life create an inviting atmosphere that encourages relaxation and reconnection with nature.

For those seeking more adventure, Holden Beach is conveniently located near other coastal towns and attractions, allowing visitors to explore the surrounding area's cultural and recreational offerings. However, the real allure of Holden Beach lies in its ability to provide an idyllic escape where the sound of the waves, breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, and the feeling of sand between your toes create memories that last a lifetime. Whether you're seeking a romantic retreat, a family vacation, or a peaceful solo getaway, Holden Beach, NC, promises an unforgettable coastal experience.




Overview for HOLDEN BEACH, NC

12,051 people live in HOLDEN BEACH, where the median age is 52 and the average individual income is $30,524. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

52 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for HOLDEN BEACH, NC

HOLDEN BEACH has 5,084 households, with an average household size of 2.37. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in HOLDEN BEACH do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 12,051 people call HOLDEN BEACH home. The population density is 166.45 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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48.66 / 51.34%

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There's plenty to do around HOLDEN BEACH, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Captain John's Seafood, Heritage Fresh Market, and Lockwood Folly Marketplace.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 1.28 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 0.89 miles 13 reviews 4.9/5 stars
Dining · $ 1.28 miles 24 reviews 4.5/5 stars
Dining · $ 0.75 miles 38 reviews 4.4/5 stars


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The following schools are within or nearby HOLDEN BEACH. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Cedar Grove Middle
6th - 8th
Holden Beach Christian Academy
K - 11th
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how can we help?

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